|OUR REAL AMERICAN HISTORY...
Bringing the Gospel to North America
Class Number 1
By Ken Williams
Copyright (c) 2007
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Do you think you know the story of Columbus? Not likely if you have read it from accounts written within the last 50 years. The story of Columbus, like the rest of our history, has been rewritten to fit in with "political correctness" and to fit the desires of the "social architects" who are intent on redesigning our society.
Likely your understanding of the story of Columbus was much like mine:
1. As a boy, Columbus, enamored by the sea, sat along the docks and watched the tall sailing ships come in to port and leave. He noticed that when the ships sailed out, the ship disappeared over the horizon, but the sails were still visible, disappearing from the bottom to top as the ship vanished over the horizon. When the ships came in, they appeared, top sail first, then the middle sails, the bottom sails, and then the ship itself. From this Columbus figured out that there must be a curve to the earth and that maybe it was actually round, and you could get to the east by going to the west.
2. Columbus was an adventurer and fortune hunter.
3. As Columbus, and his crew of rowdy seamen, sailed west in their three small wodden ships under the Spanish flag, the crew became more and more anxious about the possibility of falling off the edge of the earth. After Columbus refused to turn around and return, they threatened to have him "walk the plank." Columbus persuaded the crew to go on for one more day, and they spotted land.
4. Columbus and his crew brutally slew and enslaved the natives of the lands he discovered, and forced their conversion to Christianity.
It turns out that not one of the above four items is true - not one! Well, now, that may be a little harsh. Maybe, about 10% of number 1 is true. All of the rest is the total concoction of the revisionists. Would you join me in visiting the real story of Columbus?
Columbus' parents were devout Jews living in Spain during the horrific Roman Catholic Church sponsored Inquisition. They were forced to convert to Christianity or die. Columbus' parents were among the Jews who outwardly converted, but in private continued to practice Judaism. Despite their supposed conversion, they still came under severe anti-Semetic persecution from the Roman Catholic Church, and eventually fled to Italy, where Columbus grew up. Here they decided to study the Jewish Scriptures (the Old Testament) with an eye toward proving that the Christian's Jesus was not the Messiah promised in the Jewish Scriptures. During their study, however, they came to the realization that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the "Suffering Messiah" spoken of throughout the Jewish Scriptures, and became devoted followers of Christ. They spent one hour every morning and one hour every evening in prayer and in study of the Scriptures, a practice that Columbus also followed throughout his life.
The Christian world in Europe was divided into many small kingdoms. They had become very prosperous, and had opened a number of trade routes to the east. However, the great hordes of the Muslim armies were raging across North Africa, a Christian stronghold, plundering, pillaging, raping, and committing unthinkable atrocities. Streets in Christian cities like Carthage ran deep in the blood of Christians who refused to convert to Islam. The Moslems had been stopped from coming into Europe at the Strait of Gibraltar. They had also been stopped, following bloody fighting, and miraculous deliverances, in Eastern Europe. But the trade routes to the east had also been cut off threating the very survival of the Christian world. Into this setting came Columbus.
Dr. Kay Brigham has translated many of Columbus' writings into English. She says, "It was the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, that motivated him. For he says in The Book of Prophecies (one of the books Columbus wrote and Dr. Brigham translated), that he came to their Majesties (the Spanish Monarchs) with this fire. Precisely, this fire was the Holy Spirit. And it was through the Holy Spirit that he was inflamed with a sense of great urgency. It was through the Scriptures that he realized that he was (to use his words) 'the chosen servant of God, like Abraham and David and John the Baptist, to announce the new heavens and the new earth' as prophesied by Saint John in The Book of the Revelation. And that it was through the Scriptures that he realized that the preaching of the Gospel in the uttermost parts of the earth would herald the Second Coming of our Lord."
It was that fire which he said came from God that forced him to press on with his proposal to sail west to get to the east, even after being turned down in his native Italy. He then traveled to Spain where he spent many more years, mustered great effort, and made numerous presentations to the King and Queen and their courts, before finally being outfitted for his first voyage.
Columbus wrote extensively about his studies in the Bible. Between his third and fourth voyages he wrote a huge volume called The Book of Prophecies. It is simply verses of Scripture interwoven with commentary about taking the Gospel to new areas. In it, he acknowledged his own shortcomings. He admitted to being a terrible administrator. He repented for having allowed slavery, cannibalism and human sacrifices (conditions he found among the natives when he arrived) to continue on the islands he discovered. While he did preach the Christian Gospel to the natives, and many turned to Christ; he did not force them to become Christians as did some of his successors; nor did he even try to interfere with their culture.
Was Columbus a fortune hunter as today's history books make him out to be? In his diary he tells us why he set sail for the Indies. "It was the Lord who put it into my mind. I could feel His hand upon me, for the execution of the journey to the Indies. I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied; the fact that the Gospel must still be preached to so many lands, in such a short time. This is what convinces me."
So, what was it that convinced Columbus that the world was round so that he could get to the east by sailing west? For that, too, Columbus pointed to the Bible. He mentioned numerous passages of Scripture, including the writings of the Prophet Isaiah written some seven hundred years before the time of Christ, and well over 2,000 years before Columbus was born. In it, the Prophet pictures God as "hovering" or "presiding" over the "circle" or "sphere" of the earth. Columbus said that God pointed out to him in the Bible that the world is round.
Before we leave our subject, let's not forget the mutiny on board as the three small ships sailed westward. Today historians try to tell us the seamen became anxious about falling off the end of the earth. However, Columbus tells us a different story in his diary. Columbus' crew was made up of persecuted Jews in Spain who he talked into going with him, and providing much of the funds for the mission. Columbus required all crew members to be present and participate in morning and evening prayers. His Jewish crew, upset with his parent's Christian conversion, rebelled. They were going to force him to walk the plank." They recanted when Columbus made attending morning and evening prayers optional. He took no revenge against his crew, which could have been put to death for mutiny when they returned to Spain.
We have come full circle in our efforts to take God out of our schools, or government and our society, that we have even stooped to fabricating our own history.
The Jamestown Settlement began the colonization of North America. This story, like the story of Columbus, has been changd in our modern history books, to eliminate the true reason these settlers came to the New World, and what they accomplished.
When you think of the Jamestown Settlement, such names as Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and even Sir Walter Raleigh come to mind. But why did the Jamestown settlers come to the New World? Modern history books tell us they were explorers, adventurers and fortune hunters. The fact is that they told us why they came. In the first Virginia Charter, signed in 1606, they wrote, "We, greatly commanding and graciously accepting their desires for the furtherance of so noble a work which may by providence of Almighty God hereafter tend the glory of His divine majesty in propagating the Christian religion to such people who live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the knowledge and true worship of God."
Did you catch the reason they came? They said they came to propagate the Christian religion to the natives of the New World. Like Columbus, before them, who declared himself to be a missionary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Jamestown settlers, members of the Church of England, said they came to convert Indians to Christ. The very first thing they did upon arrival was to erect a cross and hold a prayer meeting. There were 108 who sailed from England along with the ship's crew. Upon arrival they established a triangular shaped fort which enclosed a church, storage building and residence hall.
Who was Pocahontas? She was the favorite daughter of the Algonquin tribe's chief, Chief Powhatan. However, if you watch the movies and read modern history books, it is a toss-up as to whether she married Captain John Smith or one of the colonists. She is also portrayed as being a naturalist, in love with and worshiping nature. The fact is that Pocahontas was the first of the Algonquin Indians to become a Christian. She was then responsible for leading much of the rest of her tribe into a personal faith and relationship wth Jesus Christ. She eventually married the missionary who led her to faith in Christ, John Rolfe.
The first Jamestown Settlement failed. When the ship returned the following year with more missionaries, they found the fort abandoned and overgrown. Some of the first missonaries' personal belongings (Bibles, noteboks, etc.) were found more than a hundred years later in North Carolina. These people believed so strongly in their commission from God that they were wlling to sacrifice their lives, if need be, in order to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ.
As you may remember, the Pilgrims, known in England as "Brownists" after their founder, came under severe religious persecution. So much so, that a large group of them migrated to Holland, where they were welcomed, or at least that's what today's educators would have us believe. They tell us that the Pilgrims became disenchanted with Holland, returned to England, commissioned the building of a ship, and sailed to the New World in search of religious liberty. But that is not anything close to the story the Pilgrims themselves left us, nor is it the story our history books used to tell us.
When the Pilgrims moved to Holland, only a small part of the group left England. They were sent to Holland to establish a base from which to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the European Continent. The venture was successful; and many people were added to their numbers in both England and Holland. Now came the challenge of the New World and natives who had never heard the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Many of the Pilgrim Fathers felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to reach out to the New World.
Together, both Pilgrim communities decided to take on the new venture. From Holland a small group of Pilgrims was commissioned by the church as missionaries. They returned to England to prepare for the voyage. Meanwhile, the Pilgrims in England had commissioned a small number of their own to go to the New World.
The Pilgrim missionaries set sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower in 1620. The crossing of the Atlantic was long and difficult, and many of their number died. They were headed for the Jamestown Settlement, but the weather did not cooperte and they were blown many hundreds of miles to the north in what we today call New England. Following a lengthy prayer meeing, the Pilgrims decided this had been God's way of directing them to a new, unreached area. The Church of England missionaries had established the Jamestown Settlement, so they would stay to the north and reach the Indians there.
How do we know the Pilgrims came as missionaries? Because they repeatedly told us that is the reason for their coming. One of those times was in the "Mayflower Compact" signed by the settlers just before landing and building their new settlement at Plymouth. They wrote the reason they came was "for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith." If you even find the Mayflower Compact in a modern day textbook, this phrase will always be censored, and sometimes replaced by three little dots.
Columbus said he sailed west in 1492 because in his study of the Scriptures he had become convinced that "the gospel must still be preached to so many lands in such a short time." The Jamestown settlers came, as they put it, "to propagate the Christian religion" to the natives of the New World. And now we see that the Pilgrims came to spread the Christian message to North America. Our history books used to tell that story; but it has been changed to a "more politically correct version" by the Historical Revisionists.
Governor Bradford, who was the historian of the group, recorded that the first thing they did upon reaching land was to "fall on their knees and bless the God of Heaven." The very first building constructed was the church. That was followed by homes. However, the Pilgrims arrived at the very worst possible time. It was November, and a severe New England winter was setting in. They lived the entire winter on the Mayflower, going ashore each day in search of food, and to build their community. While many had died on the trip across the Atlantic, many more died during the fierce winter.
Finally spring arrived. With the help of the Indians they had befriended, they planted crops and their tiny community began to flourish. Then came their first abundant harvest and the first official Thanksgiving Day on the North American Continent.
Let's go to the American classroom of today and find out why that first Thanksgiving was celebrated:
The teacher asks, "It was quite a celebration between the Indians and the Pilgrims themselves. Why was that first Thanksgiving celebrated, Jim?"
"Because," Jim answers, "they were thankful for the help the Indians gave them."
"Good!" responds the teacher in a commending tone.
Those were the words I was hearing on a tape that was recorded in an elementary school classroom by a parent. Surely I didn't hear what I thought I heard. I thought I would listen more closely on instant replay. It didn't sound any less shocking the second time around.
Did Jim say that the first Thanksgiving was held so the Pilgrims could thank the Indians? And did his teacher actually commend him for that answer, and agree that it was the correct answer. You and I both know that is not true! But that is exactly what all of our newer history textbooks are teaching.
Jim's mother, the late Norma Gabler of Dallas, Texas, led a campaign to rid textbooks of such falsehoods and inaccuracies. She got involved after her son Jim came to her and said, "Now mom, could I ask you question? If my research material is slanted and my textbooks are slanted, where can a young person go to find the truth?" Jim went on to tell his mother that "Students accept the textbook as being absolutely true. So when we censor or omit important facts of our nation's history, we're cheating the student."
And we are doing a lot more than just cheating the student. Today we don't know why we came here; the foundation upon which this nation was built; the direction our founding fathers set for it; and now, to our amazement, we don't know where we are going.
For more information on Mel and Norma Gabler's work, go to www.textbookreviews.org.
"The moral princiles and precens found in the Scriptures ought to form the basis for all our civil constitutions and laws."
"The Bible is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed."
"The Bible should be read in our schools in preference to all other books from its containing the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and public happiness."
Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
"The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. I have myself for many years made it a practice to read the Bible through once every year. I have always endeavoed to read it with the same spirit and with the same temper of mind, I now recommend to you; that is, with the intention and desire that it may contribute to my advance in wisdom and virtue."
President John Quincy Adams
"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, if we remove the only firm basis which is the conviction and the mind of the people that these liberties are the gift of God, and that they are not to be violated but with His wrath. Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and His justice will not sleep forever."
President Thomas Jefferson
Links for more information:
Essays on Our Real American History
By Ken Williams
If you were to read a history book written before 1930, and compare one written in the past 25 years, you would not believe you were reading the history of the same nation. The reasons for our declaration of independence from England, the purpose of the new nation, and the basis upon which it rested have all been systematically eliminated from the pages of our history books. Read Ken Williams' essays on how our history used to read.
Essay #1: The Real Story of Columbus
Essay #2: The Real Story of the Jamestown Settlement
Essay #3: The Story of the Pilgrims as it Used to Appear in Our History
Essay #4: The French and Indian Wars
"A Story Lost to Modern Day History Books"
Essay #5: The Amercan Revolution
Essay #6: The Birth of the Constitution of the United States of America
Essay #7: The Bill of Rights
Essay #8: The Role of the Church in the Founding of America
Essay #9: George Washington
Essay #10: The Greatest Depression and the Greatest Revival
Essay #11: Abraham Lincoln
Essay #12: James Garfield
Essay #13: Who Has Hi-jacked the Government of the United States
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